NY-based mixed-media artist, Jenn Cacciola is currently working on a large-scale, multi-layered tapestry piece that employs audio interviews and other recordings as a “soundtrack,” to be projected from the piece during exhibitions. She is now in residency at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Manhattan, conducting personal one-on-one interviews with and simultaneously creating portraits of volunteers, that will be an essential part of research for the piece. The project seeks to question how growth occurs while a person is affected by environments, decisions, circumstances, and the intersection between the self and others, using ecological/botanical metaphor for human growth in various social environments.
The interviewee will sit down one-on-one with the artist and will be asked a series of questions relating to their personal experiences, while being drawn by the artist. The session will be recorded by video and audio, though the video will not be used in the final artwork. Depending on the amount of detail in responses offered by the interviewee, the entire session could range from 45 minutes – 2 hours long. If desired, a follow-up session can be scheduled as well.
Participants receive a print of the portrait created during their interview session.